Light Painting with an LED Hula Hoop

This was just one of those shoots where the planets aligned and everything just worked.

My very first solo shoot was with Ria so we knew that we had a good working relationship, Ria had also told me that she had a very interesting and complicated LED hula hoop, she didn’t tell me that she was a total master with it.

So if you don’t know how this works, basically the strobes freeze the model in place but then the shutter on the camera stays open to capture the light painting, in this case from the hoop, I think these are around 5 second exposures. Setup wise, I had my a7r3 on a tripod with my 24-70 on it, all the lights in the room were off including the modelling light on my strobes. I was focusing with a torch, locking in focus and then firing my strobes. Ria would do her thing with the hula hoops producing the amazing light patterns.

I absolutely love this type of photography, no two images are the same and the results are fantastic.

This does mean however that I will need one of these hula hoops for myself! If I remember rightly its from @astralhoops.

Setting wise, everything is at iso 100, f8 ish and around 5 seconds for the exposure.

Love this one, the actual hoop movement was surprisingly simple.

Love this one, the actual hoop movement was surprisingly simple.

Colour scheme works surprisingly well in this one.

Colour scheme works surprisingly well in this one.

Excellent work here from Ria and the strobe colours fit in well with the light painting.

Excellent work here from Ria and the strobe colours fit in well with the light painting.

absolutely love this one but annoyed that I chopped the hand off at the bottom.

absolutely love this one but annoyed that I chopped the hand off at the bottom.

Not sure about the yellow in this one but love the light painting.

Not sure about the yellow in this one but love the light painting.

Its important in this technique to be careful about the light painting through the model, actually illuminating the model or going in front of the model too much. I think in this one we got the balance just right.

Its important in this technique to be careful about the light painting through the model, actually illuminating the model or going in front of the model too much. I think in this one we got the balance just right.

This shows the true power of the hoop it could roll out all manner of different patterns.

This shows the true power of the hoop it could roll out all manner of different patterns.

In all some great results, a few things to work on next time around and a hoop to purchase, I’ve already spoken to Ria about another shoot in the new year and I’m looking forward to what we can come up with.